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Centurion Bag Collection 2011
Centurion Bag Collection 2011

 

Drawing and painting have always been significant aspects of my life, but drawing on paper always felt limiting, I longed to extend my drawings past the boundaries of the page.  As a child I wanted to draw on the walls and on my clothes, I wanted to make my mark on every surface I touched.  I discovered my love for pattern and printmaking in Grade 11 during a block printing workshop in an art class at Burlington Central High School.  At the time I was unaware that I could study fabric design at a post-secondary level, and upon graduation enrolled in an Art History Course.  During the year I spent studying Art & Art History I became aware of Sheridan’s Textile Design program and was immediately captivated.  Longing for something more tangible, I left the academic realm of Art History for the hands-on world of Textile Design.  Rediscovering my love of pattern and colour, I took to screenprinting with enthusiasm.  I loved seeing my hand-drawn prints repeating on metres of fabric.

Norsewood Collection 2012

Norsewood Collection 2012

I liken Sheridan’s Textile Design Program to summer camp; at Sheridan you are able to shed the smothering formality of a Fine Arts education, make mistakes and get messy.  We are taught the basics of a plethora of textile techniques and are given free-reign to further explore the techniques we enjoy the most.  It is an extremely versatile program, and I see our graduating class as an attestment to that versatility.  We have accessories designers, fibre sculptors, knitters, quilters, embroiderers, printers and surface designers.

Woodland Scarf Collection 2011

Woodland Scarf Collection 2011

I consider myself a surface designer, as I am inspired by the true purpose of surface pattern, which is to embellish.  I look to periods in time when people were not afraid to embrace dazzling and extravagant printed designs in fashion and interiors.  My printed designs express my nostalgic longing for a time that is both eccentric and elaborate.  The imagery I select comes from everything I’ve ever found beautiful or intriguing; Art Nouveau, Pop Art, Indian textiles, fairy tale illustration, fashion photography and graphic interpretations of nature.  I’ve recently signed-on as a Surface Designer with PRNT://Peoples Republic of Nice Things, a young surface design firm based in Toronto.  Pattern and colour excite me.  Prints are engaging and intriguing, adding another dimension to the surface they cover.  I want to cover every surface in print.  I work by fusing my hand-drawn illustrations with digital technology; this combination is an integral part of my process.

I also design, print and sell my own line of textile products under the name Prints & Needles.  I started Prints & Needles in the summer of 2011, after my second year of Textile Design at Sheridan.  With the help of a Summer Company Grant from the Ontario Government, I purchased supplies, and spent that summer selling my products at various art markets and festivals in Ontario.  My line of handprinted scarves, bags, shirts and pillows can be purchased online on my etsy shop: http://etsy.com/shop/PrintsandNeedles.  I will be working out of my newly-acquired studio space in Hamilton, which I share with six members of the graduating class.  We will soon be open for James St. N Art Crawls, and see our shared studio as a launching pad for not only our own individual work, but for collaboration, and possibly workshops and classes.  We all felt the need for a collective workspace once leaving Sheridan, and were lucky enough to acquire such a fabulous space, located on the top floor of the Sonic Unyon Building, at 22 Wilson St in Hamilton.  Sharing a studio with my former classmates and friends is a wonderful transition from school into my life as a working designer; we’re all going places, and best of all we’re going there together.

 

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